Task lamps, with a magical ability to direct a beam of light directly onto a designated surface, are as functional outdoors as in an office. Lately we’ve been admiring a new generation of outdoor task floor lamps, ranging from giants on wheels to illuminate an entire patio to modest sizes to place next to a reading chair on the porch.
What functions should you look for in a task light? Adjustability is the feature that tops our wish list; many task lamps have an articulated arm and adjustable joints. A heavy base (to keep it from tipping in the wind) is also useful, as are wheels (which can turn even the weightiest lamp into a mobile spotlight).
Here are 10 of our favorite task floor lights for the garden:
N.B.: Lighting sets the mood. If you’re illuminating a path, patio, or entryway, our editors have advice to get you started: see our Design Guide: Outdoor Lighting 101. You can use our lighting guide to learn everything you need to know to choose and install uplighting, pathway lights, stairway lighting, outdoor wall lights, string lighting, and well lights.